Dr. Andrew Potter
Organic Living: Consumerism, Counterculture, & the Rise of Conspicuous Authenticity
In this lecture, Dr. Potter will argue that consumerism is not about conformity, as commonly assumed, but distinction: people shop in order to show others that they are rich, sophisticated, hip, or "gangsta." The world of consumerism has recently become dominated by products that have a "green" or "organic" cred that, to a large extent, rely on certain questionable assumptions about "authenticity." As with hip consumerism that preceded it, Dr. Potter will argue, the political value of authentic consumerism is highly dubious.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008, noon - 1:30pm
Seventh Semester, North Campus